Add Warmth to a Winter Table

CHASE AWAY the winter blues with these colorful ideas for warming up your dinner table.

Instead of white linens, use brightly colored cloth or paper napkins and tablecloths.

Add an assortment of fresh flowers in vases of various shapes and sizes. Or top the table with some potted plants.

Buy a bunch of helium balloons in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. Set them on the table and throughout the house.

Place tea light candles on tables, countertops and mantels. Nothing creates a warm and inviting atmosphere quite like candles.

Blanket the table in warmth by using an eye-catching quilt as a tablecloth.

Clear bowls brimming with red and green apples or lemons and limes add beautiful color and a wonderful fragrance.

Another "scent-sational" idea is to simmer some apple cider on the stove. The aroma appeals to all, adds a little coziness and serves as a super sipper.